AAA predicts more than 5.6 million Californians plan to leave home this weekend, up 3.9 percent from last year.
“We are going to have a record number of travelers for this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday,” says AAA's Cynthia Harris.
She says the survey was conducted two months ago, when gas prices were even higher. “I’m sure now that gas prices are down there’ll be many more people that will say ‘well maybe we should do a longer, extended road trip.’”
The AAA numbers show 4.8 million Californians will be driving; up four percent from last year. And more than 600,000 will be flying; an increase of three percent compared to a year ago.
Harris says the lowest round-trip price is projected to be $189. "...And this is just a very slight increase of maybe one or two percent from last year. So we're not seeing a huge surge in airfares. Car rentals are going to be averaging about $55 for the holiday weekend, that's up 10 percent from last year."
Harris attributes the increase in car rental prices to "supply and demand."